Trump would have asked the Ukrainian president to investigate the investments of Joe Biden's son in the country
WASHINGTON, Sep 22 (Reuters / EP) –
The president of the Intelligence Commission of the House of Representatives of the United States, Adam Schiff, has defended the need to open a process of impeachment against the American president, Donald Trump, if it is finally shown that he pressed the Ukrainian president in a telephone conversation , Volodimir Zelenski, to investigate the investments of the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Ukraine.
“If the president is withholding military aid while trying to intimidate a foreign leader to do something illegal like removing dirty cloths from his opponent during a presidential campaign, then the only remedy may be to match the evil that that behavior represents,” he said. Schiff in statements to CNN.
Until now, Schiff had never defended the need for a impeachment or impeachment process against Trump, but these statements point to a change in criteria. Despite the voices that have called for the start of the process in the Democratic Party, the Democratic spokeswoman in the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has so far ruled out the idea. In any case, for the 'impeachment' to move forward, in addition to the Democratic votes, the support of congressmen of the Republican Party, who still have a majority in the Senate, would be necessary.
On July 25, Trump spoke with Zelenski and, according to 'The Wall Street Journal', asked the Ukrainian president to investigate whether Biden when he was vice president threatened Ukraine with retaining US aid if a prosecutor investigating a gas company was not dismissed which would be related Biden's son, Hunter.
Trump would have asked Zelenski to speak with his personal lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, who has acknowledged that he pressed for an investigation in Ukraine.
Biden has acknowledged that he threatened to withhold US aid if the prosecutor was not dismissed, but so did the US administration as a whole or the EU.
However, Trump says he did nothing improper and has argued on Twitter this Saturday that the conversation was “perfectly correct and routine.” He has also accused the media and his “partner”, the Democratic Party, of spreading “fake news.”